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VVS Laxman Factbox

Factbox on India's VVS Laxman who scored 178 against Australia in the fourth Test on Saturday.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2004 14:27 IST

Factbox on India's VVS Laxman who scored 178 against Australia in the fourth Test on Saturday:

Born: November 1, 1974, Hyderabad. Right-hand bat.

Test record: Debut against South Africa, Ahmedabad in November, 1996. 50 matches, 3460 runs at 47.40, 7 centuries, highest score 281.

ODI record: Debut against Zimbabwe, Cuttack in April, 1998. 58 matches, 1472 runs at 27.77, 2 hundreds, highest score 102.

Laxman made his Test debut as a 22-year-old but was a relative slow starter to the international game, taking more than three years to score his first Test hundred, 167 against Australia in Sydney in January 2000.

He did not score his second century for another 14 months but the wait was worth it as he played an innings of rare genius.

His 281 against Australia at Kolkata not only helped India win a series they seemed destined to lose but also broke Sunil Gavaskar's record of 236 for the highest Test score by an Indian batsman.

An inconsistent player, Laxman had to wait another 14 months for his third Test hundred, against West Indies in Antigua in May 2002 but has added three more in the 15 months since.

Laxman is also one of just four batsmen -- along with Don Bradman, Javed Miandad and Herschelle Gibbs -- to have featured in at least three triple century Test partnerships.

He shared an Indian record 376 stand with Rahul Dravid in Calcutta and 303 with the same batsmen in Adelaide last year. He also shared a 353 run stand with Sachin Tendulkar during his 178 in Sydney.

First Published: Jan 03, 2004 14:27 IST